Because of its terrible name and the people on my Spotify feed who stream its songs, I assumed that Trampled by Turtles
was another shitty Mumford & Sons knockoff band. As it turns out, that's not entirely true, although it does employ a lot of acoustic instruments. The group, which formed in 2003 in Duluth, Minnesota, plays fast-paced bluegrass ("newgrass," if you must) minus the sheen and bombast of the folkies currently dominating the pop charts. They're better than I had them pegged for, although I still won't say their name out loud in public. Opener Carl Broemel
, guitarist for My Morning Jacket
, has released two pretty solid solo records. The more recent, 2010's All Birds Say
, touches on the gentle gothic country that MMJ favored on its early albums, as well as a sunnier AM-radio pop.
Wednesday, January 23, at the Granada, 7 p.m. doors, $20 in advance, $22 day of show.